I’ve tried the system, it doesn’t work

There’s something missing from the Parkland shooting conversation. We need to talk about the fact that the mental health community doesn’t have effective solutions for kids like Nikolas Cruz. My son is well on his way to becoming the next teen paraded across the headlines in handcuffs despite my having heeded the warning signs. He’s had years of intensive mental health services and thousands of hours of therapy. I’ve tried the system. It doesn’t work.

There’s no sense in funding defunct services for more would-be-shooters. Without effective mental health solutions for violent teens, the only pragmatic option we have is keeping guns out of their hands.

Read my Op-ed on the Sun Sentinel website here.

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